Just as the Carolina Panthers poached from the San Diego Chargers when Ron Rivera was hired, so too Rob Chudzinski is looking to do the same. A report Sunday evening from Nate Ulrich linked the Cleveland Browns with free agent cornerback Captain Munnerlyn.
Earlier in the day there were rumors that "four teams had interest" in Munnerlyn's services, but considering the source (his agent) it was hard to tell whether there was much weight to the rumor. The Browns', however, mark the first concrete instance we've heard another team value his services.
At this point Panthers' fans know what he brings to the table. Munnerlyn does not have the ability to play outside, and while he has shown an excellent ability to play the slot corner, that's not worth getting into a bidding war over. In many ways he's reminiscent of Ricky Manning Jr, who played for the Panthers from 2003-05. While he generated far more turnovers, Manning Jr. was a similarly small cornerback who thrived in the slot making plays.
In that instance the Chicago Bears vastly overpaid for his services, and lasted just two seasons. While the Panthers need as much help at cornerback as they can get, now is not the time to overspend on any player.